Life In Haiti
The Republic of Haiti is a mountainous country located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Over the centuries, people from Africa, France, Spain, and other places in the Caribbean have contributed in different ways to Haiti’s long, dramatic history and rich, vibrant culture. Haiti was once a French colony and the people there speak French, Kreyòl (Creole) and Spanish (in border areas). Haiti is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest places in the world. These problems were magnified on January 12, 2010, when Haiti experienced a catastrophic, 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and approximately 1 million survivors were left homeless because of the extensive destruction of buildings in urban areas. The recovery efforts are ongoing, with serious challenges presented by a cholera outbreak that began about 10 months after the earthquake. Cholera can develop and spread quickly when water and sewage treatment is inadequate, particularly after an event such as the earthquake.
Haiti Outreach Program & Our Efforts
Since 1999, the Haiti Outreach Program has worked to improve the lives of the people of Haiti. Our organization includes people of many backgrounds and faiths, working together with groups like Partners In Health and Sacred Heart Parish in Knoxville, Tennessee. Haiti Outreach Program’s efforts have helped provide food, clothing, housing, education, healthcare and more. In addition to critical care, we also provide long-term tools and resources, that promote ongoing benefits to the people in the area, so that the Haitian people can be self-sufficient in their health and prosperity.
What can I do?
Please CONTACT US if you would like to know more about donating goods, services or cash—or volunteering your time. This website is the best place to find out about Haiti Outreach Program fundraising events that are held throughout the year such as craft shows, auctions, concerts, the Medical Benefit Gala, the Fierce & Fancy Fashion Show and Dress Sale, and many other special events that help us make our work in Haiti possible.